July 4.9 5.2 4.8 4.9 April-July 3.4 6.8 3.5 3.0 FACTORY OUTPUT SHRINKS FOR 5TH MONTH IN A ROW IN JULY With industrial activities hit hard by Covid-19, the month’s Index of Industrial Production (IIP) contracted by 10.4% 2019-2020 2020-2021 General -29.2 Manufacturing -32.8 Electricity Mining General Electricity HYDERABAD SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION Manufacturing Mining -20.2 -12.5 -10.4 -11.1 -13.0 -2.5 HEALTH OF THE ECONOMY *Figures in % MANUFACTURING PICKS UP AS CURBS EASE CONSUMER DURABLES OUTPUT DOWN 23% The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation said the IIP fell because a large number of industrial units have not been functioning since late March due to the lockdown. However, with the easing of restriction industrial activity seems to have picked up. The index for July stands at 118.1 points—better than 108.9 in June, 89.5 in May and 54 in April ■ ■ ■ Manufacturing sector recorded a decline of 11.1% in July as against a growth of 4.8 per cent in same month last year Consumer durables output declined by a whopping 23.6% Aditi Nayar, principal economist at ICRA, said the pace of IIP contraction could ease further to 6-8% in August 29.2% IS HOW MUCH THE IIP FOR APRIL-JULY PERIOD HAS CONTRACTED CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Five-point mechanism to defuse tension India, China agree on reducing tension, analysts see it as the first important step to give political guidance on LAC disengagement PUSHKAR BANAKAR AND M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar (left) and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi ahead of their talks on the sidelines of the SCO meeting in Moscow | PTI PLAINTALK AT BILATERAL MEETING IN MOSCOW The Chinese side has not provided credible explanation for the massive deployment of forces along the LAC, Jaishankar told Wang. “The provocative behaviour of Chinese frontline troops at numerous incidents of friction along the LAC also showed disregard for bilateral agreements and protocols. The Indian side clearly conveyed that it expected full adherence to all agreements on management of border areas and would not countenance any attempt to change the status quo unilaterally. It was also emphasised that the Indian troops had scrupulously followed all agreements and protocols on border management,” sources said AHEAD OF OXFORD Covaxin better at protecting monkeys from Covid-19 virus S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi AN Indian Covid-19 vaccine candidate, Covaxin, jointly developed by Bharat Biotech and the ICMR, can protect animals from the virus, if the first results of its animal challenge study are anything to go by The study by . the National Institute of Virology (NIV) suggests that vaccinated groups of rhesus macaques had significantly lower disease burden compared to the placebo group. In challenge studies, animals are first vaccinated and then deliberately exposed to a pathogen to assess the efficacy of a vaccine or a drug. Interestingly, Covaxin showed better results compared to the animal challenge of the vaccine candidate developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. Animals that took the Oxford shot, when exposed to Covid, did not develop severe disease, but did contract the infection and were found capable of transmitting it to others. AGNIVESH PASSES AWAY IN DELHI Social activist Swami Agnivesh, 80, died of multiple-organ failure at a Delhi hospital on Friday | P7 A five-point mechanism to resolve the ongoing tension between Indian and China in eastern Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control became the talking point on Friday, with analysts seeing it as the first important step in the right direction, as it gives political guidance for disengagement. The mechanism was arrived at during a bilateral meeting between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow on Thursday on the sidelines of the SCO foreign ministers’ meeting. In a joint statement issued early Friday, the two leaders said that they should not allow differences to become disputes. “The two Foreign Ministers agreed that the current situation in the border areas is not in the interest of either side. They agreed therefore that the border troops of both sides should continue their dialogue, quickly disengage, maintain proper distance and ease tensions,” the statement added. “Indian partners expressed commitment to cooperation and dialogue for deescalating tensions. We are ready to take conciliatory steps. The most important thing is to avoid new violations of the obligations on the border. Troops and equipment should be withdrawn from the LAC,” Wang Yi said at a joint press conference with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov a day after his meeting with Jaishankar. “Both reiterating that chan- nels of communication will remain open and that soon the SR level meeting will take place, demonstrates that there is a silver lining as regards solving the standoffs through diplomacy. This ultimately may pave way for another Modi-Xi meeting that could be a face saver to both the sides,” said B R Deepak, Sinologist and Chairperson of the Centre for Chinese and South Asian Studies at JNU. Sources said during the meeting, Jaishankar highlighted India’s strong concerns at the amassing of Chinese troops with equipment along the LAC. The conciliatory tone of the statement seems to have trickled to the ground with sources saying both sides have exercised restraint on the LAC and there has been no aggressive action for the past 24 hours. Mancherial man, two sons die of Covid; hospitals bill family `80 L S R A J A R E D D Y @ Adilabad paid `4 lakh to the management. Apart from this, for the THERE seems to be no end to treatment of Kishore Kumar, the greed of corporate hospi- who died on September 4, the tals. The managements of family paid `1.50 lakh on AuYashoda Hospital, Somajiguda gust 17. According to family and KIMS Hospital collected members, it was Kiran Kumar over `80 lakh for treating three who was first affected by Covof a family from Mancherial id-19 and after that, the entire for Covid-19 but could not save family tested positive. any of them despite the outraBhumaiah and his son Kiran geous fees. Kumar joined Yashoda The family parted Hospital. Bhumaiah with the exorbitant died on August 22 while amount in a span of undergoing treatment just 20 days. The three a n d yo u n g e r s o n family members were: Kishore Kumar, whose Ch Bhumaiah, 70, his symptoms caused two sons Kiran Kuconcern, was admitLost family mar, 45, and Kishore ted to KIMS Hospital members Kumar, 43. Bhumaiwhere he paid `8 lakh and money ah’s bill at Yashoda but did not get proper Hospital amounted to Bhumaiah’s third treatment. He then son Anil Kumar `18 lakh while Kiran shifted to Yashoda says that they Kumar’s death on Hospital and was had lost their Thursday was the latbilled `12 lakh. family members est blow to the family . Bhumaiah was a and money. Yet to come to grips native of Chennur “My brothers with the reality of the but settled in Manchehad no other tragedy, the family rial and had a busiproblems and had another problem ness in engineering yet they fell to cope with. The manproducts. He had four victims to agement insisted that sons and his youngest Coronavirus,” unless they cleared son died about 20 he said the balance of `20 years ago. It is a joint lakh, they would not family and all the hand over Kiran’s body. By members live on the same then, Bhumaiah’s family had premises. already spent `45 lakh on his Bhumaiah’s third son Anil treatment. Kumar says that they lost their Heartbroken, they told the family members and money. staff in the billing section that “My brothers had no other if the management did not problems and yet they fell vichand over Kiran’s body, they tims to Coronavirus,” he said. would end their lives in front The Covid-19 cases in Manof the hospital. The hospital cherial district have been inthen relented and handed over creasing. While the total active the body to them but not before cases are 4,954, the number of the Star Insurance Company deaths are 28. `28.99 lakh bill slapped on Wgl photojournalist U M A H E S H @ Warangal IN yet another case of exploitation of Covid-19 patients, a photojournalist working in a Telugu newspaper in Warangal had been billed `28.99 lakh by Yashoda Hospital in Secunderabad. Though Health Minister Eatala Rajender keeps saying that even in private hospitals, the total bill for treatment of Coronvairus should not exceed `1 lakh, in practice it is more in the breach. As against the `28.99 lakh bill, 44-year-old photojournalist Belide Srinivas’ family has paid `12 lakh so far. Belide Srinivas Srinivas was admitted to Yashoda Hospital after he tested positive for Covid-19 and was initially kept on ventilator for 20 days. Later, tracheotomy was done on him. The insurance company paid `5 lakh and his family has paid `12 lakh in cash for the treatment. Srinivas’ condition is still critical. He is a native of Zaffergadh mandal in Jangaon district. Family members are seeking help from the State government. Srinivas’ wife Swathi says that he was admitted to Yashoda Hospital after he had CONTINUED ON P3 trouble breathing. BALANCING ACT ‘Dissenter’ Mukul Wasnik on Sonia’s A-team R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi IN a major organisational reshuffle, the Congress on Friday did a balancing act by retaining some of the ‘dissident’ letter writers like Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma in the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party’s highest decision making body . Another letter writer Mukul Wasnik has been made part of a six-member committee that will assist Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. Also, Jitin Prasada has been given the responsibility of West Bengal, which is going to polls next year. However, Azad has been dropped as AICC general secretary. Also axed as general secretaries are Ambika Soni, Motilal Vora, Luizinho Falerio and Mallikarjun Kharge. However, Ambika Soni has been included in the special committee formed to assist Sonia in organisational and operational matters. The six-member special committee comprises Ahmed Patel, A K Antony R S Surjewala, , K C Ve nu g o p a l , S o n i a n d Wasnik. “While Congress president en- sured that dissenters are part of the CWC, she has ensured that they — Azad and Sharma — are kept out of the organisation. Wasnik, one of the letter writers has been included, but he is unlikely to go against her close aide Ahmed Patel,” said a senior party leader. Former Rajasthan unit chief Sachin Pilot did not figure in the reshuffle. He is learnt to have been offered a slot but declined it, saying he would like to continue his focus on Rajasthan. The new permanent invitees of the CWC include Digvijays Singh, Rajiv Shukla, Salman Khurshid, Pawan Bansal, Dinesh Gundurao, Manickam Tagore, Pramod Tiwari, Jairam Ramesh, H K Patil, Manish Chatrath and Kuljit Nagra. While Harish Rawat has been named general secretary incharge of Punjab, Oommen Chandy is the new in-charge for Andhra Pradesh. Tariq Anwar is the new in-charge for Kerala and Lakshadweep and Jitendra Singh got charge of Assam. The party has also reconstituted its Central Election Authority to pave way for organisational elections in the coming months. SC NOTICES TO CENTRE, TELANGANA Delhi, West Bengal and Odisha govts for not implementing Ayushman Bharat scheme PAGE 5 Ministers and TRS legislators congratulate Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao after the new Revenue Bill was passed in the Assembly on Friday JUST THE BEGINNING AIM OF REFORMS IS TO GIVE CONCLUSIVE TITLES, SAYS KCR V V B A L A K R I S H N A @ Hyderabad THE revenue reforms initiated with the approval of batch of four Bills in the State Legislative Assembly on Friday are just a beginning. “This is the first step and we are proceeding towards conferring conclusive titles to the land owners,” Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar said in the Assembly in his reply to a debate on the four Bills. Though the Congress insisted that the Bill be refined to some extent and wanted it to be sent to the Select Committee, the Chief Minister did not agree and said that there is an urgency to adopt the Bill so that the government could invite tenders for the comprehensive digital land survey to prepare Geographical Coordinate maps. Thus, the Assembly adopted the four Bills — Telangana Rights in Lands and Pat- tadar Passbooks Bill, 2020, The Telangana Abolition of the Posts of Village Revenue Officers Bill, 2020, The Telangana Municipal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and The Telangana Panchayat Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2020, with voice vote. Responding to Congress member D Sridhar Babu’s suggestion that the government should confer conclusive titles to owners of lands, the Chief Minister said that once conclusive titles are issued, then anyone challenges the conferment and if proved right, the government would have to take the responsibility “In such cas. es, the government has to pay compensation for that land,” the CM said. He, however, hastened to add that the changes in the revenue system is a first step towards giving conclusive titles to the land owners. CONTINUED ON P4
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